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CSSBI (Church Schoolmasters and Schoolmistresses' Benevolent Institution)

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What is the CSSBI?

The CSSBI is the oldest teachers’ charity.

Since its first meeting in 1857, the CSSBI has supported Church of England teachers who ‘fell on hard times’. 

Who does the CSSBI help?

The CSSBI provides financial support for teachers, both current and former, lecturers and teachers in training.

We aim to meet specific short-term needs caused by unforeseen significant misfortune, in order to help people re-establish themselves, and regain financial stability. This may include their immediate family. 

Applicants must be members of the Church of England or another recognised Christian denomination and live in England or Wales.

What help does the CSSBI give?

CSSBI grants are usually ‘one off’ and given according to individual needs.

These have included:

  • Help towards costs to make life more bearable for individuals in times of real misfortune

  • Repairs or modifications to home

  • Financial support for costs associated with ill health

  • Emergency relief for individuals in difficult circumstance

  • Financial assistance with the cost of books, travel or special clothing while retraining.

Examples of people the CSSBI has helped

  • A retired teacher was helped to get her chimneys made safe and have two leaking windows replaced with a grant towards the work of £1,500. 
  • An unemployed young teacher received £500 to fund training courses to gain employment in a special needs school.
  • After suffering deterioration in health, an elderly retired teacher was given money to finance his private room in a care home close to his family and friends for a short time until his funded room became available. 
  • A young teacher who was out of work and had mental health problems was given money to support her move to another home
  • £500 was awarded to a retired, disabled teacher who needed urgent repairs to a stair lift and re plastering of the surrounding area
  • Three months' rent was paid on behalf of a self-employed teacher in training while she was completing her final teaching placement
  • A retired gentleman was no longer able to paint and weatherproof the walls of his home which was leading to damp and deterioration of inside decorations. A grant of £1,500 to cover the full cost of repairs was awarded
  • A young teacher returning to work as a supply teacher after a serious illness needed help to tax, insure and MOT her car to travel to schools
  • An elderly retired teacher required a course of hydrotherapy which was not available from the National Health Service to help her mobility.

Can the CSSBI help you today?

The applicant completes and signs a form giving information about themselves and their finances. They must provide a reference for teaching and Church connections. They may have help to complete the form. 

Application forms can be obtained from:

The Registered Office: 
3 Kings Court
Harwood Road
West Sussex RH13 5UR


Telephone messages: 01403 250798


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